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Samsung introduces a new camera/smartphone - the Galaxy K zoom

The K is Samsung's second attempt at merging a full point and shoot camera with a smartphone

Smartphones have gone a long way towards replacing standard compact cameras. Photo features and imaging resolution are now top selling points for phones in every price range. Some models even take the camera focus to extremes such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and now the Samsung Galaxy K zoom.

The K features a 4.8 inch, 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, a Samsung Exynos 5260 hexa-core processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot (up to 64 GB cards), 802.11 a/b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth 4.0,  NFC, LTE, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 2430 mAh battery.

The main camera is a 20.7 MP with a 1/2.3 BSI CMOS Sensor, a 10X optical zoom, and optical image stabilization. Quite impressive given that the Galaxy K is only 16.6 mm thick (0.65 inches) at its thickest point and it weighs just 200 grams (7.05 ounces).

Unfortunately, most of these specs don't compare very well to the latest generation of flagships, though it's understandable that sacrifices were made to squeeze in the large sensor and optics. The internal storage is particularly disappointing, as is the limit of 64 GB microSD cards. Anyone buying this phone is likely to be using the camera a lot, and 20 MP photos and Full HD videos take up a lot of space.

Price and availability have not yet been announced.


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Craig Munro, 2014-04-30 (Update: 2021-05-18)